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Dear valued customers
and Wine Club members,
the Parker Wine Advocate ratng of 94 for the 02 Oregon vintage (he has not
yet rated the Washington vintage) and Harvey Steiman's Wine Spectator newsletter
the Oregon 2002 Pinot noirs, there's a lot of interest in the 2002 wines. Several
are very worthy of your attention, and are limited, so I thought I'd write
and let you know about them. I also encourage you to call or email me. I so
enjoy discussing the wines of WA and OR with you, and helping you with your
the press has focused on the Oregon 2002 Pinot noirs,
my vote for the wine
of the moment is the
Sineann Block One Cabernet Sauvignon
It's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon,
from Block One of Champoux Vineyard, the oldest producing grape vines in
Washington State, and a vineyard whose old vines only
produce enough grapes to make a wine every two or three years. Quilceda's
is made from fruit from this Block. Every winemaker in Oregon and Washington
and parts beyond want fruit from this block of Champoux, and it is a mark
of Peter Rosback's winemaking skills that the owner of the Champoux Vineyard
chosen to set aside part of the Block for Peter each year.
Because the Sineann Block
One Cab is only made every two or three years, the chance to purchase it
is rare. And the wine is very very special. Think Leonetti
Cab Reserve or Quilceda in richness. David O'Reilly, winemaker for Owen Roe
and business partner with Peter Rosback of Sineann (they share facilities and
marketing) says that this wine is, in its way, as good or better than the 2002
Owen Roe Dubrul. While the Dubrul is a wine for cellaring up to 20 years,
Block One, while cellar worthy for 7-10 years, is drinking astoundingly well
right now. The wine just has everything you'd want in a Cabernet. I highly
recommend it as a very special bottle that will become a standout in your cellar
and a favorite of friends and family.
Oregon Pinot noirs
Wine Spectator rated 28 2002 Pinot noirs in the latest issue of Wine Weekly,
their online newsletter. Here are the wines we recommend.
My first choice for a 2002
Pinot noir to cellar and resist slurping up immediately is Gary Andrus's
new wine. Fans of Archery Summit's Arcus Pinot noir $75-85 will delight in
Dancer Yamhill Cuvee A&G Estate Pinot noir 02 $69.99/63.00.
The wine received 92 points from Wine Spectator. In case you are not familiar
him, Gary founded
Archery Summit (and Pine Ridge in CA) and made the Archery Summit wines with
Sam Tannahill through the
2000 vintage. HIs wines have always been highly collectable, huge, and exquisite.
Gypsy Dancer marks a new high point for him. The small boutique nature of
his winery means that he can hand craft limited amounts of very personally
supervised wine. And believe me, he has not only lost none of his skill,
the wines I've tasted with him in barrel are, if any thing, even better than
his efforts at Archery.
He also made the Gypsy Dancer Preview Cuvee
91 points in Wine Spectator,
"round and ripe, with crisp acidity to balance the plum and currant flavors,
shaded with tarry, meaty
notes, as the finish
lingers. Has plenty to offer" (Harvey Steiman, Wine Weekly 3/11/04).
In the recent Wine Spectator
newsletter (3/11/04), Josh Bergstrom continued his annual harvest of high
ratings, receiving 93 points for his "Bergstrom Vineyard" 02
$63.99 and 92 points for his Cumberland Reserve 02 $34.99.
The Bergstrom is huge,
a dark monster of a wine. The Cumberland is more nuanced, with lovely hints
of rose and violet in the nose, but a full body and richly
textured sweet fruit flavor. I'd suggest the Cumberland for drinking in
the next year or so, and the Bergstrom for the cellar, to start a vertical.
think the wine from this vineyard, planned for release each year, will
become one of the most desirable and collectable Oregon Pinots. Supplies
If you are a member of
Reserve Pinot noir Club,
with the Beaux Freres Pinot noirs. We've shipped all the wines Mike Etzel
makes to the club over the years, both the Beaux Freres and Belles Soeurs
We'll be doing the same with the 2002 wines.
The Beaux Freres
Pinot noir 02 $75 is not yet released, but Mike has assured
me that we will be able to fulfill our customer's orders. The wine received
95 points from Harvey Steiman in this week's Wine Spectator Wine Weekly, an
issue dedicated to Oregon Pinot noir 2002. The Beaux Freres Belles
Soeurs Shea 02 $55 received 94 points, and the Beaux Freres
Upper Terrace 02 $75 received 91 points.
If you are interested
in the Beaux Freres 2002 wines, let us know how many
bottles you'd like and we will not charge your card, but will hold your order until
release. The wines will be highly allocated and very limited, but if you
specify the quantities you'd like to receive, we should be able to fill everyone's
"House Wines" for your House
There's a remarkable selection
of Oregon Pinot noir at under $20 retail price right now. Top of the heap
to me are the Evesham Wood Willamette Valley
Evesham Wood "Eola Cuvee" $19.99/18.00,
These three wines
have everything going for them, in different ways. The Evesham Willamette
Valley is my "house wine" at my house, when we want a food friendly and classically
Burgundian Pinot. The Evesham "Eola Cuvee", made from his single vineyard
is a rich, lush wine with quite a silky, sensous texture and many layered
flavors. It's wonderful with rich meats and good cheese. And the Jezebel
is just a hedonistic,
in your face hunk of gushing black berry and fruit, with toasty oak thrown
in for good measure. Between the three of these wines, I can match most of
my Pinot noir moods, without stealing from the cellar!
Ponzi's new Pinot
noir "Tavola" 2002 $18.99/$17.10 received 91 points
from Wine Spectator this week, and although we have not yet tried it, if
like the 01 version, it will be
an affordable and impressive value. We have some in stock, shipping after
3/23/04. Might be well worth a try.
Finally, I just visited
Owen Roe's new winery and am posting information about the 2002 and 2003
wines. Email me and I'll send you the link for the draft document if you'd like
a preview. There are so many new wines being released, and sale prices coming
up for other wines, that I'll be emailing again soon.
Please feel free to call
me if I can help with an order. I'll be at the store or in my office all
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